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  • Recent Event: Joia Mukherjee

    November 9, 2016: “Connectedness and Caregiving"


    Our November 2016 Distinguished Speakers Event featured Dr. Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH.

    Recent Event: November 2016

    “The Right to Health and Universal Health Care Coverage” with Dr. Mukherjee

    Turner Auditorium

    JHU School of Medicine

    November 9, 2016


    Watch a video of the event here.


    On November 9, the Hopkins Medicine Distinguished Speaker Series presented "The Right to Health and Universal Health Coverage," with Dr. Mukherjee. The CMO of Partners in Health, Dr. Mukherjee is an engaging leader who has dedicated her career to influence the delivery of health care to resource-poor settings from a human rights-based approach. She will join us in Turner Auditorium on November 9 to speak about her experiences and the parts we may all take in this work.




    Dr. Joia Mukherjee is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, she directs the Master of Medical Science - Global Health Delivery Program and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change. She has helped to create new residency and fellowship training programs for Rwandan and Haitian physicians as well as global health residencies and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities.



    Dr. Mukherjee’s scholarly work focuses on the provision of health as a human right and on the implementation of complex health interventions in resource-poor settings. Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the chief medical officer of Partners In Health, a nonprofit focused on reducing global health disparities by strengthening health systems through public sector support and community-based programs. She provides strategic guidance on the implementation of clinical programs at PIH’s sites in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Lesotho, Peru, Mexico and Russia and has served as an expert consultant for the World Health Organization and Ministries of Health on of HIV, TB, health systems strengthening and health work force development.


    We strive to enrich the Hopkins community by bringing exciting & world-renowned thinkers (researchers, academicians, intellectuals, ground-breakers, entrepreneurs, & more) to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    Past Events: September 2016

    Music in the Mind: A Journey from the Ears to the Brain

    Armstrong Medical Education Building

    JHU School of Medicine

    September 9, 2016


    Charles Limb received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine (1996), followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital (2003). Dr. Limb is currently the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF. He is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.

    Dr. Limb's current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. His work has received international attention and has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, the New York Times, PBS, CNN, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the Sundance Film Festival, and the American Museum of Natural History.

    The theme of the event will be "Music in the Mind". Dr. Limb will highlight recent research on musical perception, discuss the critical difficulties faced by cochlear implant users, and use jazz improvization as a model for understanding the neural mechanisms of expert level musical creativity.


    Watch a recording of the event here.


    Past Events: December 2015

    "Building Bionics"

    Armstrong Medical Education Building

    JHU School of Medicine

    December 7, 2015


    Todd A. Kuiken received his MD and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern (1990) and his residency in PM&R at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (1995).  Dr. Kuiken currently is the Director of the Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM).  He is a Professor in the Depts. of PM&R, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery of Northwestern University. 



    Dr. Kuiken’s research team is working to develop a neural-machine interface to improve the function of artificial limbs.  A main research focus of the lab is developing a technique to use nerve transfers for improvement of myoelectric prosthesis control.  By transferring the residual arm nerves in an upper limb amputee to spare regions of muscle it is possible to make new signals for the control of robotic arms.  These signals are being directly related to the original function of the limb and allow simultaneous control of multiple joints in a natural way.  This work has now been extended with the use of pattern recognition algorithms, enabling the intuitive control of more functions of the prosthetic limbs.  Similarly, hand sensation nerves grow into spare skin so that when this skin is touched, the amputee feels like their missing hand is being touched.


    Watch a video of the event here

    Past Events: February 2015

    "Why did AIDS and Ebola get out of control: Drawing constructive lessons from major failures of global public health.”

    Turner Auditorium
    JHU School of Medicine
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015


    HMDSS was proud to host Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Ph.D. as the February 2015 Distinguished Speaker. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Prof. Sachs is widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on economic development and the fight against poverty. He serves as Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is also Director of the Millennium Villages Project and has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years, including The End of Poverty (2005).

    Prof. Sachs was introduced by Dr. Thomas Quinn, MD. Dr. Quinn is Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He serves as advisor/consultant on HIV and STDs to the World Health Organization, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR), UNAIDS, and the FDA, and is Associate Director for International Research at NIAID.

    Prof. Sachs was joined by our panelists to discuss the insights we can draw from our experiences with past global epidemics. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Quinn. The panel included Dr. Emilia Simeonova, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and Dr. David Bishai, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of International Health and Director of the Interdepartmental Health Economics Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.



    Watch a recording of the event here.

    Past Events: November 2014

    "Owning up to Medical Error: Shame, Blame, and Perfectionism"

    Armstrong Medical Eduation Building
    JHU School of Medicine
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014


    HMDSS was proud to feature Dr. Danielle Ofri as our November 2014 Distinguished Speaker. Ofri is an internist at NYU, New York Times columnist, and author of several books, including What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. The theme of the event was “Owning Up to Medical Error: Shame, Blame & Perfectionism.” Dr. Ofri discussed how medical error has emotional valence for health care providers; how it can affect the culture of medical practice, medical training, interpersonal empathy, and shame; and how we can respond to these challenges.



    Keynote speaker: Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD


    Dr. Ofri was introduced and joined in discussion by Peter Provonost, MD, PhD, FCCM, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

    Past Events: May 2014

    "Psychopathy and Identity: Clinical and Bioethical Implications"

    Armstrong Medical Eduation Building
    JHU School of Medicine
    Friday, May 5, 2014


    HMDSS featured Prof. James Fallon, Ph.D. as our May 2014 Distinguished Speaker. After a long and successful career as a tenured medical school professor at the University of California Irvine, a rock-ribbed Nature over Nurture pragmatist discovers everything he believes in, what has formed his basis for being in the scientific firmament, is called into question. And the subject of this astounding change in perception is not the product of some isolated brain scan or obscure genetics report, but the chance finding that at his biological root, he is a wholly different person than he thought, with relationships not at all what they seem to be.



    Keynote speaker: Prof. James Fallon, Ph.D.

    Panelist: Hilary Bok, Ph.D.

    With an introduction by Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA

    Past Events: February 2014

    "Do you hear what I hear? Cochlear implants & the past, present, and future of prosthetic hearing"

    Armstrong Medical Eduation Building

    JHU School of Medicine

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014


    Entitled "Do you hear what I hear? Cochlear implants & the past, present, and future of prosthetic hearing", featured cochlear implant pioneer and 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award winner, Dr. Blake Wilson.



    Keynote speaker: Blake Wilson, DSc

    Panelists: Drs. Frank Lin, Bradford May, Eric Young, Charles Della-Santina, and Ms. Kristen Ceh

    Moderator: Dr. Howard Francis

    With an introduction by Dr. Jeremy Nathans


    Watch a recording of the event here.  A full transcript of the event is available here.

    Past Events: May 2013

    Journeys in Medicine

    Armstrong Medical Education Building

    JHU School of Medicine

    Monday, May 20, 2013


    Entitled "Journeys In Medicine," our May 2013 event featured the personal and professional journeys of 5 exceptional Hopkins faculty members:


    • Deborah Persaud, MD
    • Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH
    • Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, FAANS, FACS
    • Levi Watkins, Jr., MD
    • Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM

    Past Events: January 2013

    Idea to Innovation: Transforming Discoveries at the Benchtop into Revolutions at the Bedside

    Armstrong Medical Education Building

    JH School of Medicine

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013


    Dr. Robert Langer on how basic science research can be translated efficiently and meaningfully to health care practice.

    Also featured Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD; Peter Greene, MD; Aris Melissaratos; Solomon Snyder, MD; Henry Brem, MD.

    Attended by >600!

    Past Events: November 2012

    Brain on Fire: Manipulating your Intelligence, Memory, and Aptitude for Healthcare--How we can learn to be better health professionals from William Osler, Michael Jordan, and Mozart

    Armstrong Medical Education Building

    JHU School of Medicine

    Wednesday, November 19, 2012


    • Dr. K Anders Eriksson on how we can optimize our performance as health professionals.
    • Also featured pianist Chad R. Bowles; Joseph Cofrancesco, MD; Graham Redgrave, MD; Olympian Tara Kirk Sell; Argye Beth Hillis, MD



    Alexander Pearlman


    Alex Jang


    Elizabeth Uhlig


    Madhavi Duvvuri


    Olive Tang



    HMDSS was founded in 2010 by first year medical student Atul Nakhasi with a vision of inspiring students, public health leaders, physician scientists, and clinicians through dynamic interchange with the world's foremost visionaries and thinkers.  


    Our inaugural event brought together seven recipients of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” including 2011 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Adam Riess for a lively dialogue on the ways in which creative minds engage the public.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, we hosted Lasker Award recipient Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, noted bioethicist Dr. Charles Bosk, and most recently Dr. Francois Barre-Sinoussi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and co-discoverer of HIV. 


    The Hopkins Medicine Distinguished Speaker Series is directly funded by the Office of the Vice Dean for Medical Education and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Our faculty advisor is Dr. Peter Pronovost. Thanks to all our supporters!


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